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Why I have been a bit quite.

Discussion in 'Chewing the fat' started by Madfisher, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. Madfisher

    Madfisher Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys,
    About last april I noticed I had some stinging and burning when I was urinating. I put it down to a mild UTI and hoped it would get better.
    In May I did go and see a doctor and he tested me for UTI s which come back negative
    In August while camping with friends at lake St Clair I mentioned to my mate Wayne my systems, and he told me to get back to the doctor and get checked out for prostate or bladder cancer.
    When I got back we where really busy at work and did not get around to making a doctors appointment straight away.
    Then I noticed blood in my urine and hit the panic buttons. Wife pulled some strings and with in two days i was getting scanned.Turned out I had a growth in my bladder.
    Then got and appointment with a specialist urologist, and had the scrape down mid October. When we went back for a follow up, we could see he was extremely uncomfortable, turned out I had a rare but very aggressive form of cancer . He was of the opinion that I would need my bladder removed, plus chemo buggar. We where due to go on a cruise with in two weeks to NZ so he suggested we go. It was a bit hard to relax with that hanging over my head, but it was a great experience.
    We flew back , and did not even come home , as we had and appointment with the oncologist at Nepean hospital. After seeing her i was some what more optimistic , but she wanted another biopsy done to determine how deep in the bladder wall was the cancer. If it was deep, it ment radical surgery and chemo, if shallow i would just have the BCG treatment( this is where the put the TB virus into your bladder for a couple of hours)
    I had the 2nd biopsy done mid december , then had to wait to mid January for the results.
    Bloody good news, when they went back in they could not find any cancer cells, so now i am 2/3 the way through the BCG treatment at the local hospital.
    I am feeling quite well, except for fatigue which is a normal side effect.
    So guys any burning, or frequent urgency , get to your doctor and get checked out, dont let him fob you off either.
    I was very lucky.
    Cheers Guys
     
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  2. kev209

    kev209 Well-Known Member

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    Great news Pete, I have never heard of the BCG treatment.
     
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  3. Missniss

    Missniss Well-Known Member

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    Oh wow, I am happy to hear that you are doing well. Never heard of BCG either.
    I might push my 20 yr old to go see the doc, he doesn't have the burning, but a few of the other symptoms :(
     
  4. Madfisher

    Madfisher Well-Known Member

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    The bcg treatment entails puting the TB virus into your bladder via a cathered for a couple og hours. The TB virus attacks any remaing cancer cells
    cheers Pete.
     
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  5. Rod Bender

    Rod Bender Well-Known Member

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    You will be back amongst the fish before you know it Pete!
    Cheers
    Jim
     
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  6. Madfisher

    Madfisher Well-Known Member

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    LOl Jim I still have been having a fish,but shorter sessions. Got 5 carp on fly yesterday.
    Cheers Pete
     
  7. Master Baiter

    Master Baiter Well-Known Member

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    Good news Pete hope all ends well. Wally
     
  8. diesel

    diesel Well-Known Member

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    Geez, Pete, that must have scared the hell out of you being told that you had a rare & aggressive form of cancer.

    Good to see that it has taken a turn for the better.

    Jeff
     
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  9. Madfisher

    Madfisher Well-Known Member

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    Yes it did mate, made it hard to 100% enjoy the cruise.The oncologist was more up beat. THe urologist is a teaching professor and one of the best in his field, and for him to say that it was a one in 10000 cases, and he was not sure how to proceed did frighten the hell out of me. I started writing out a detailed will, with was to go whom etc.
    Lucky I am a fairly positivie person and find it hard to start down for more then a day or two lol.
     
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  10. reelaxation

    reelaxation Well-Known Member

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    Great to hear you are on the mend old mate - next thing you just need to get out and wet a line.

    Thanks for the informative post - I dont go to the quack unless I am severely under the weather, but with a history of cancer in my family I will be sure to go get checked out if any symptoms arise.

    Good luck mate

    Anthony
    :)
     
  11. Madfisher

    Madfisher Well-Known Member

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    Thanks mate, appreciate that. I have been getting out for a few short fishs. Just not the ultra marathons we norm,ally do , walking 16ks in a daY ETC.
     
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  12. blair

    blair Well-Known Member

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    s--t that was a close one M.F just goes to show get out there and have some fishing trips etc while u can, I am
     
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  13. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    I had it wrong Pete' I thought they did a removal op through the old chap. Didn't sound like any sort of fun to me. Glad it wasn't that sort of serious Pete and that they could stop it without major surgery. N
     
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  14. Madfisher

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    Thanks Noel.
    I had my last BCG treatment yesterday. running to pee every five minutes, and lots of bright blood in my urine,, but it settled about 3pm, and i went for a short carp bash after lunch today. I wasnt quite as good as I first thought, but still good to get out. And culled 5 mud marlins to 8.5lb on fly,
    Cheers Pete
     
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  15. blair

    blair Well-Known Member

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    I don't think any doctor would be able to remove my bladder or anything else through my "old chap" ha ha.
    Glad to hear you've been out giving the fly line a stretch M.F.
     

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